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OPEN LETTER : Europa Nostra’s president Plácido Domingo writes an open Letter to EU leaders on the vital role of our shared cultural heritage within the EU Strategic Orientations for 2019-2024

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Ahead of the adoption of the EU Strategic Orientations 2019-2024 by the European Council on 20-21 June, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, urged European Council President Donald Tusk and the 28 EU Leaders to recognise the strategic value of our shared culture and cultural heritage for the future of Europe. Following a successful European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra and its President call upon them to explicitly mention Europe’s shared cultural heritage in all pillars of EU’s future strategy.

Read the open letter sent to Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

Mad’in Europe connects people with European craftsmen and restorers of cultural heritage.

Mad’in Europe relies on digital innovation to support European knowhow by connecting craftsmen and restorers to people, by creating awareness about the value of crafts and by encouraging transmission of know how to future generations. 

Professionals in crafts and restorers of cultural heritage are reflecting the richness and diversity of European culture. They are the link between our cultural heritage of yesterday and that of tomorrow.

… Traditional craftsmanship is perhaps the most tangible manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. However, the 2003 Convention is mainly concerned with the skills and knowledge involved in craftsmanship rather than the craft products themselves.

Rather than focusing on preserving craft objects, safeguarding attempts should instead concentrate on encouraging artisans to continue to produce craft and to pass their skills and knowledge onto others, particularly within their own communities…. 

From the text of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Intangible Cultural Heritage – UNESCO


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